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ToxTown link

ToxTown offers high quality consumer-level non-technical information about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. Tox Town's target audience includes the general public, community leaders, educators, and students above elementary-school level. It is a companion to the NLM’s extensive information in the TOXNET collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.

ToxTown, a product of the NLM, provides easy to understand information on:

  • everyday places and situations where you might get exposed to toxic chemicals
  • chemicals and substances in the environment that may affect your health
  • ways to protect yourself, your family, and your community
  • tools for researching potential hazards in your community
  • links to authoritative online information connecting health and environment


Household Products Database link

The Household Products Database links over 18,000 consumer brands to health effects from Safety Data Sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets), provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?

Information in the Household Products Database (the database) is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) when available from manufacturers and manufacturers' web sites.

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